"The Hunt is Over" - Bridal Shower

By: Amy Miller for Freshly Married

Hi. Wedding shower fun here! Last weekend I threw my SIL a bridal shower and it was great! I literally spent two months planning and getting excited to do it because I had a fun idea that was unique to her and unique to bridal showers in general. She LOVES hunting, fishing, that outdoorsy stuff, AND perfectly enough — her fiance loves all of that too! So I thought it was a fun idea to do a hunting themed shower for her… “THE HUNT IS OVER!”

My hours on Pinterest paid off in a way that pointed me in the right direction but helped me put my own spin on it. There were a few ideas of hunting themed parties for either retirement of an avid hunter, or even “pink camo” style bridal showers. BUT my SIL hates pink camo, haha. So I had some inspiration, but was able to do it a little differently :) I wanted it to be girly, lovey-dovey (celebrating love here!), and also be outdoorsy but not have it turn into an 8-year-old boy’s army themed birthday party! Soooo I chose to go with bright green, hunter green, gold, ivory, kraft color, and burlap for the color scheme.

This banner hung above the trail mix bar to help complete the look.

Happened to find these awesome gold foil deer stickers that went perfectly with the invitations and envelopes.  :)

I took out a painting in this barn wood frame and used it for the day, haha. Twine and clothespins went well too.

The resin “C” was just perf for decor and so they can keep it for home decor or something personal later :)

When I found that fun phrase: “He took a shot, and she said yes!” I KNEW I HAD TO USE IT! I put it on the invitations and for their cute little photo collage.

She is doing a barn style wedding so they had a bunch of logs already cut for other decor. I figured that’s perfect for this too, let’s do it!

The trail mix bar was one of my favorite parts that I was super excited about! I tried to do catchy labels that worked with the snack item and the hunting theme.

“Catch of the day” — Swedish Fish

“Happy Trails” — Trail Mix

“Ammunition” — Chocolate covered coconut balls

“Gone Fishin” — Goldfish crackers

“Got Bait?” — Gummy Worms

“Camo Mix” — Mint M&M’S and Hershey’s almond drops

We had a beautiful table display with other awesome treats!

I did “Cowgirl cookies” which were my famous oatmeal chocolate chip recipe but with green and brown M&M minis on top :)

And no I didn’t spend 30 minutes separating the colors of the M&M minis…. ok I did.

We did magic bars — “Trail mix bars,” Lime bars/tarts because they were green, and Smore’s cupcakes :)

Sad story: I made the cupcakes and was so proud of how they looked but I somehow never actually ate one myself, haha.

Weddings can be stressful, but bridal showers can be fun! People tend to get wrapped up in the little details of the celebration. I even noticed myself doing that with planning this shower! However celebrating a marriage is not about this stuff! It’s not about all the gifts, or the decorations, or the refreshments. It’s about celebrating two people who found love and who want to commit their lives to each other! Of course, these things can make the celebration more fun and memorable, but it’s all so temporal. I mean, these cupcakes lasted for like 6 hours. It’s the marriage that is going to last forever :)

Start “forever” off right and don’t stress about the little details.

P.S. I DID NOT do this without help! Thanks to the whole fam for making treats, cleaning, arranging and decorating :)

Must Have Gifts - Wedding Gifts that Brides and Grooms Love

Brittany - Hands down our Food Processor!!! I didn't even think of adding it on my wedding list but someone got it for us and it is a LIFESAVER! No more spending hours cutting up vegetables or mincing garlic. Slicing cucumbers/peppers or making homemade hashbrowns has never been easier! Gives me a better excuse to eat healthy ;)

Kassidy - My Shark Swivel Vacuum! A few of my family members went in on it and I have been using it for 3 years now and love it.

Elizabeth - Tinoco Concert tickets! They created a memory for us that is sure to last a lifetime as it was our favorite artist as well!

Sydney - Most useful: knife set or dishes. Most fun: double sided waffle maker. Husband says the blender.

Trevor - We didn't have a gift list because both of us had houses with everything needed so people gave us cash and we used that to pay for part of our honeymoon and bedroom set.

Mei - TBH money and gift cards. Helped us pay for groceries and household stuff while we settled down.

LindseyRice cooker or veggie steamer, I really liked my salad spinner too.

Carolyn - Gift cards towards the honeymoon.

Tara - Most useful was definitely a fully stocked first aid kit and tool kit! Never even thought of that and good to have! Favorite was swivel vacuum or gift cards, or my kitchen aid mixer!

Dakota - My crock pot was a gift from the gods, but I really loved gift cards because that's what really helped us get our basic needs in our new home together being newlywed poor.

Megan - Most definitely money and gift cards! It saved our lives for the first couple months of groceries and things we needed that we didn't get for gifts. We loved receiving pots, pans, knives and silverware. And I'm gonna have to agree with Tara on the first aid kit, we got one too and it has come in handy!

Brenda - Money, we paid our first rent, utilities and for groceries.

Amanda - A large basket with all the cleaning essentials! Literally was the best wedding gift ever!! Plus cleaning supplies are always a must-have home item that isn't ever really boughten for a gift.

Riya - Everything was so helpful! But my favorite was from an aunt who gave me a cutout quote about love from my recently deceased 98-year-old great grandmother. It now sits on a frame in my scrapbook. The little things are the most memorable!

Kailey - Either our New griddle or a date night! We had a gift card to go to dinner and a movie - which is just what we needed after planning a stressful wedding 😂

Destiny - Money and gift cards! It paid for our honeymoon and things we needed and bills! It helped so much :)

Brittany - My mom had grocery showers for my bridal showers. Helped us stock up. Favorite is probably all the restaurant gift cards so we can celebrate the months we are married.

 

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Happy Mother's Day, We are Celebrating Mothers' of the Bride and Groom this Week!

Being the mother of the Bride or Groom is stressful due to giving your child over to someone else to love and cherish. That will be their new number 1 besides you. It is an adjustment. We are sharing some ways to make you feel special during the ceremony and festivities. 

1. Special Jewlery - A nice necklace, bracelet or ring that brings a special meaning with it. It doesn't have to be expensive either. I got my mom a handmade ring with my name on it, then once we started having kids, we got her one with their name. For her birthday I even got her one with my brother's name on it. Soon adding the newest addition's name on a ring to her collection. 

2. Add a moment in the ceremony or rehearsal dinner to recognize them and show them how much you love them. A little speech or video works great and is an outward sign to show them your love. We added out parents to a candle in the wedding ceremony and also a candle of the family who has passed away to light. I had one candle, husband had one and they the unity candle had the people closest to us that had passed away. We wanted them to be included and remembered. 

3. Buy them a new outfit for the big day. Spoil them a little. I helped my mom pick hers out. (She wouldn't let me pay for it - I tried) I did make sure to help her with her makeup and hair. 

4. A scrapbook or card to show them how much they mean to you. I love making photo books for the family I don't see often and are great ways to show them love and appreciation. In the card, you can add a note or a letter letting them know how special they are. A lovely heartfelt gesture. 

5. If you really want to do something big, I have heard that some people send their moms on a small vacation. It lets them relax and enjoy themselves. I would send my mom to a cabin or a rock n' roll historic place. (Huge Ozzy fan!) 

Let your moms know you care and love them. Happy Mother's Day!

 

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